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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, at right by Vaughn A. DeVorse, BMC USNR-R Retired

USS Cook (APD-130)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Echo - Delta
NUED
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (4-Vietnam, 21 April 65, 23 April 65, 12 May 69, 1 July 1969) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pcific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Cuba, 8-Vietnam)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort / Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 May 1944, as Cook (DE-714), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 26 August 1944
  • Redesignated a Crosley Class High-speed Transport while under construction
  • Commissioned USS Cook (APD-130), 25 April 1945, LCDR. Drayton N. Hamilton, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cook was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Eight
  • Following World War II USS Cook was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 4 September to 18 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946, at San Diego. CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 6 October 1953, CDR. Wendell C. Mackey, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cook participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    15 to 17 July 1966
    12 to 17 August 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 12 July 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    28 September to 16 October 1967
    29 October to 14 November 1967
    14 to 23 December 1967
    12 to 29 January 1968
    Tet 69/ Counteroffensive
    11 to 25 March 1969
    8 to 22 April 1969
    20 to 28 May 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 6 February 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    20 June to 6 July 1969
    1 to 6 August 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    8 to 30 June 1968
     

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 July 1970, to National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, CA.
  • USS Cook earned seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37"
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Complement
    12-15 Officers
    189-192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Storage
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    Armament
    one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Propulsion
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express type boilers
    two GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    twin propellers 12,000shp

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    Cook 60k USS Cook (APD-130) underway, date and location unknown Hyper War US Navy in WWII
    Cook 57k USS Cook (APD-130) underway circa 1950, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "American Destroyer Escorts of World War 2", by Peter Elliott.
    Robert Hurst
    Cook 74k USS Cook (APD-130) underway, date and location unknown Don Scott, YNCS(SS), USN, Ret
    Cook 47k USS Cook (APD-130) underway, circa 1957-58, location unknown. Photo by Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Cook 83k USS Cook (APD-130) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cook 568k USS Cook (APD-130) underway off Ballast Point as she departs San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell in honor of his father CWO4 Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret) USS Oak Hill
    Cook 88k USS Cook (APD-130) underway, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Cook (APD-130)
    DANFS history entry Located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hamilton, Drayton N., USNR25 April 1945 - 6 September 1945
    02LCDR. Hardy, Leonard Rackard, USNR6 September 1945 - 31 May 1946
     Decommissioned31 May 1946 - 6 October 1953
    03CDR. Mackey, Wendell Clay6 October1953 - July 1955
    04LCDR. Steinmeyer, Lloyd Raymond July 1955 - 3 August 1957
    05LCDR. Boyes, Gordon Robin3 August 1957 - 10 May 1958
    06LCDR. Martin Jr., Posey Lester10 May 1958 - 21 June 1960
    07LCDR. Hulihan, John William21 June 1960 - 14 July 1961
    08LCDR. Jones Jr., Allen14 July 1961 - 28 July 1962
    09LCDR. Gurney, Sumner28 July 1962 - 11 March 1963
    10LCDR. Griffin, Jack Ross11 March 1963 - April 1965
    11LCDR. Hayes, James CleroApril 1965 - March 1967
    12LCDR. DuCharme, George WilliamMarch 1967 - 1969
    13LCDR. Tager, Bruce Alan1969 - 15 November 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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